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November 27 1983, the suffering Nation does bear fruit

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on November 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] We are united in front of Christ’s altar in our monthly Mass for Our Nation and those who suffer for it, who because of their imprisonment cannot pray together with us. On this day of November, we recall all those who gave their lives in the fight for the independence of their Motherland, the fight for freedom and social and personal justice. We remember and include in our prayers those killed on various war fronts, those tortured in Hitler’s camps and the Soviet labor camps, those forcefully evacuated, those exiled. We remember, and pray for our brothers who were taken from us by the present day Cains: our Underground and Home Army soldiers, the workers from Wielkopolska and Wybrzeze as well as those who fell in the past few years in the strange war between ruling powers and the Nation. [homily] Christ’s death on the cross, in spite of the assumption of those who condemned Him, was not a defeat but a Victory. His blood on the cross became the source of salvation. It opened to humanity the road to return to God’s Kingdom in heaven. The Kingdom of truth, love, justice and peace. The duty of building a kingdom based on these very foundations is what Jesus Christ put on everyone who made a pact with Him in the sacrament of baptism. The Polish nation, sworn to Christ and His teachings, for more […]

October 30 1983, Let your Spirit come down

[opening remarks] As every month, our love of God and Country brings us to Christ’s altar. What gathers us, is the concern for our Country. As always, so in this month, anxieties and joys are intertwined with hurts, suffering and hope. Joy, because together with the Holy Father, our countryman, we could rejoice for Lech Walesa’s Noble Prize, and through him, for the whole working world which searched, and still is searching for the good of the nation by way of reconciliation and peace. The pain, because our brothers are still in prisons, punished for their beliefs. Take all of this, all that brings us joy and all that hurts us, Oh, Mother of the Holy Rosary, and set it on the Almighty’s altar. And, in return, obtain for us greater and stronger faith, hope and love. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on October 30 1983 celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Holy Father, we want so very much to include in the words of our letter, written with the ink of love, our thanks for Your goodness, Your wisdom, Your faith, hope and incalculable love. To thank You for being the best son of our Nation. We want to offer You our love of God and Country. We want to thank You for calling on the world on the very first day of Your pontificate, to open wide the doors for Christ . For breathing the Holy Spirit on Your Motherland during Your first pilgrimage with Your prayer and Your words […]

May 29 1983

May 29 1983, From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary

[opening remarks]
 The month of May is devoted to the Most Holy Mother in a special way. So we put our intentions in the hands of the Mother of God and ask Her to bring them to the throne of God Most High: – for our Country with its continuing fears and uncertain tomorrows; – for mothers concerned for the future of their children; – for the abused youth which has become the main target of abuse and hate; – for the dead Grzegorz Przemyk, whose tragic death topped up the cup of suffering measured out to the Polish youth; – for his mother Barbara who, while distraught, bravely bears her loss; – for those deprived of their freedom and earnings; – for the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to his Homeland and that it helps towards a uniting of hearts and minds, strengthened by faith, hope and love; – take everything that hurts us and that which makes us happy, Holy Mother, take it to the Almighty God’s throne. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on May 29 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] The prayer of tortured hearts is always efficacious and fruitful. Today we stand at Christ’s table with a tormented and painful heart. In this, Mary’s, month, our prayer hastens to God through Her hands. In the clumsy words of our prayer we have to enclose everything which makes us happy and that which pains us. “From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary”. 
From as far back, […]

Andrzej Duda , 31st Anniversary

Catholics Everywhere Commemorate the 31st Anniversary

October 19th, 2015 marked the 31st anniversary of Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko’s kidnapping and brutal murder at the hands of the Polish police. His death was remembered all around the world. Catholics gathered in Poland and around the world to commemorate his death and the beginning of his road to sainthood. In Poland the newly elected President Andrzej Duda and his wife, payed respects to the chaplain of solidarity at mass and placed a wreath in his memory at his grave site. As the country pays tribute in the form or prayers, performances and more Poland still remembers the great sacrifice of Bl. Fr. Jerzy. Andrzej Duda takes a moment to pay respects after laying a commemorative wreath at the grave site of Bl. Fr. Jerzy on the 31st Anniversary of his death.